Judson's Legacy

Baby Carrier

Jud & Jessie have a new cousin…

Abigail Mary Jones
Born July 15, 2008
Adopted by Danielle (Drake’s sister) & Marty Jones

We are absolutely thrilled for them!!!!

What I did not anticipate, as we waited at the Jones’ home for them to drive up with their new baby, was the memories of Jud that would flood my mind upon seeing her, especially in her car carrier-the exact same one we used to bring Jud home from the hospital on the day he was born.

That blessed Christmas day in 2004, when we carried Jud in his black, gray, & white Graco car seat into our home for the first time and placed him under our Christmas tree, was filled with such intense emotion as we marveled at his life and began to imagine who he would become.  It can only be described as pure joy, filled with hope, anticipation, and awe; there was no inkling of the pain that would spring, less than three years later, from our love of this little life.

This is how it should be.  There is something so incredibly beautiful about the miracle of new life and the hope it gives for the future.  I wouldn’t want it adulterated by fear.

So I join Danielle and Marty, and the rest of Drake’s family in joy, hope, and anticipation over the life of little Abie.  She is such a gift and I look forward to seeing who she becomes!

I simply grieve that she’ll never have the chance to meet her big cousin Jud.

4 Responses to "Baby Carrier"

  1. Danielle Jones says:

    Oh how I grieve tonight with you for the same reason. I miss you Judson for so many reasons, but tonight because of the fact that Abie will not get to know you here on earth…

  2. 34085 says:

    Dear Danielle and Marty, As I have poured out my prayers these past 13 months for Drake and Christina, you have often been on my mind as well. Although we don’t know one another well, I have enjoyed interacting with you and your beautiful Ella through the years. I am rejoicing with you today! And congratulations to Drake and Christina on your new little niece. What a precious gift!

  3. 34100 says:

    Dear Drake and Christina,
    Please pass our congrats onto the new parents! What joy an adopted child can bring to a family!(remember, our 5th child, Maddie, was adopted?) I will pray for all of you….that this may present a time for growth and trust in our Lord for this sweet little Abie’s future. Congrats on adding a new addition to the "family". She is beautiful! Love, Stevenson Family

  4. 34412 says:

    Dear Drake, Christina, Danielle, Marty,

    What an incredible, beautiful gift and blessing Abie is. How present Judson’s absence was when we met her on this evening. Joy and grief abide in our hearts. Indeed, Abie will never know just how wonderful her big cousin Jud is.


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